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Friday, April 28 • 16:00 - 17:20
Towards a Digital Cultural Commons: Legal & Technical Strategies

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Cultural heritage institutions and libraries often digitize for the purpose of opening up access. An imbalanced copyright system, a lack of information about copyright and public domain status, materials challenges to digitization, and other issues interfere with this goal. How can we improve access and build better tools for achieving that goal from a legal, technical, and community perspective? How can we move past licenses into collaboration and community-building?

Session Goals:

  • Tell the public the projects we are currently working on, how they can be fostered and what are our visions for the future.

  • Identify areas of work where we can enhance collaboration.

  • Provide input for the Open GLAM Platform.


  • The Internet Archive is a digital archive with the mission of providing universal access to human knowledge. Our Library2020 project—which seeks to provide libraries everywhere with free access to four million digital books—is one of eight semi-finalists for the MacArthur 100&Change grant challenge.

  • The uruguayan database of authors (autores.uy) is a project to gather all the information about uruguayan authors relevant for identifying the copyright status of their works. The aim of this project is to allow institutions a safeguard for their digitization projects. The data is freely available online and can be downloaded freely in an open format.

  • OurDigitalWorld is a Canadian non-profit building tools for sharing digitized cultural heritage, working with over 200 GLAM organizations. Our VITA collections toolkit currently hosts over 2.4 million pieces of cultural heritage from across North America.

  • The “Digitalisation workshop” is a project that builds DIY Book Scanners and teaches GLAM institutions how to digitize their collections with cheap and easy to find tools & materials. We are also working on building a public domain database of authors (as autores.uy) for Argentina, and helping grassroots magazines projects to digitize their collections.

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Claudio Ruiz

Director of Ecosystem Strategy, Creative Commons
I'm director of ecosystem strategy at Creative Commons, meaning I'm all interested in to talk about how to expand the open movement outreach, how to be better and more effective at what we do and how to contribute better to more collaborative spaces. I'm also currently an Affiliate... Read More →

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Lila Bailey

Policy Counsel, Internet Archive
Lila Bailey is Policy Counsel for the Internet Archive where she advises on the complex legal and policy issues associated with democratizing access to knowledge. She is also a lecturer at Berkeley Law, most recently teaching a course in the Fundamentals of Internet Law.  Prior... Read More →
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Rodrigo Barbano

Creative Commons Uruguay
Free culture enthusiast, involved in several activists groups like Creative Commons, Wikimedia Uruguay, OSM, and Free Software collectives. In CC Uruguay i'm currently coordinating and i'm the main programmer of the project autores.uy, the database for the identification and digitization... Read More →
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Loren Fantin

Executive Director, OurDigitalWorld Organization
I currently help steer ourdigitalworld.org, a not for profit (social profit) organization that supports digital stewardship of cultural heritage.I work on initiatives around greater digital access to and discovery of our community cultural heritage. I’m interested in strategizing... Read More →
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Allana Mayer

Media Coordinator, OurDigitalWorld
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Andrea Mills

Attendee, Internet Archive Canada
Andrea Mills is the Executive Director of Internet Archive Canada. Andrea joined the Internet Archive in the spring of 2006. In her role as Digitization Program manager, which she held for many years, Andrea worked closely with GLAM institutions across Canada to bring more than 750,000... Read More →
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CC Open GLAM Platform Lead, Creative Commons
Evelin Heidel (a.k.a. Scann) is a longtime member of Creative Commons, currently leading the Open GLAM initiative (http://openglam.org). She has worked in digital heritage, community digitization and intellectual property for the past ten years. Harvard Fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (2018), International Visiting Scholar at Washington College of Law, American University (2019... Read More →

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - 17:20 EDT
SoCo Ballroom (section B)